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Port of Call and other questions

La Divina gelateria is right near the Magazine St. Sucre, at 3005 Mag., and they actually do make their gelato from scratch. The recipes are in metric because they've been translated from Italian. My husband is the gelato chef.

There are fresh pastries and panini as well. I know what you mean about Creole Creamery, it tastes amazing at first, but it's like your tongue gets a combination of flavor fatigue and frostbite.

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Creole Creamery
4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Jul 16, 2011
Ris Deveau in New Orleans

Any great food on Frenchmen Street?

Love Yuki! And they are open til 1am, I think. Mmmm.

Jun 21, 2011
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Trip Report: LONG. Yum!

Glad you enjoyed La Divina Gelateria! They really do put a lot of local ingredients in their gelato, and it's made from scratch. Love Cochon, too, but I agree it has been packed every time I've gone lately. Maybe we should stop telling people how good it is? ;)

And lunch at August is always a good idea.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Jun 20, 2011
Ris Deveau in New Orleans

Jazz Fest trip food reviews

Just FYI, at Dante's Kitchen--one of my all-time faves, too, and just down the street--the creole cream cheese is Gelato, from La Divina Gelateria. http://www.ladivinagelateria.com/ My husband makes it. If there's fat in it from dairy, it's gelato. No dairy=sorbetto.

I was a little weirded out by the blue-velvet cake, too. Tasted just like red-velvet cake, with delicious, buttery mascarpone icing, but turned my teeth blue!

The scallops are to die for and the redfish, sublime!

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La Divina Gelateria
3005 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Jun 20, 2011
Ris Deveau in New Orleans

Please help an ex-resident decide!!!!!

I love Patois for dinner, but they also have an amazing brunch. The Anson Mills shrimp and grits are to DIE for!

Apr 08, 2011
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sweetbreads/foie gras

Patois (my absolute favorite restaurant in the city) has a fabulous sweetbread appetizer. I highly recommend the place to everyone.

http://patoisnola.com/

Apr 08, 2011
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Sweet Tooth in the FQ

Hopefully, a new place will be opening on St. Louis where Kupcake Factory was, but not until May.

My husband actually makes the gelato for La Divina (they make it on Magazine St. and deliver it to the FQ location), so I'm honor bound to second that.

Apr 08, 2011
Ris Deveau in New Orleans

Best Lent Fish Fry?

Anyone swear their fave is the best in town? Hubby has been craving fish fry. I usually get the Friday Special Fish Plate at the Toulouse House Deli in FQ, but we're looking for more options.

Thanks

Apr 08, 2011
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Looking for farm to table restaurant in Nola!

I think that a lot of the contemporary creole (read, modern) restaurants already suggested, like August, Dante's, tend to use seasonal, local ingredients. My husband used to be a food buyer locally, so I know there is a lot available to these restaurants to use. I would also recommend Patois uptown.

These are not like the stuffy places like Arnaud's that serve crappy shrimp creole and fattening bananas foster. They are casual in comparison, yet the food is, imo, far better. Arnaud's, Antoine's, Galatoire's, these retaurants are the ones who are frozen in time, who've served practically the same menus for as long as 150 years!

If you check menus online I think you'll see a reflection of the local ingredients in these places, farm-raised rabbit, frog-legs, strawberries. No jambalaya or deep fried oysters. Maybe some oysters in a salad. I can't remember the last time I ordered something with a cream sauce that wasn't pasta.

Good luck with your search, and I hope you enjoy the trip.

Apr 29, 2009
Ris Deveau in New Orleans

the quest for the best in new orleans

What do we drink?
EVERYTHING!
Kidding. It's mojito season, but if you want to say you ordered a real New Orleans drink, have yourself a Sazerac. Depending on where you are, you might want to order an Abita Amber to wash that down with. ;)
Bloody Marys for brunch or earlier, definitely.

Apr 29, 2009
Ris Deveau in New Orleans

the quest for the best in new orleans

Is Lola still BYOB? I thought they served beer and wine when I went last year.

LOVE the cold almond soup.

Apr 29, 2009
Ris Deveau in New Orleans

Cuvee or Luke?

Just to throw out some other contemporary creole options:
Dante's, casual, relatively easy to get a reservation, yet the food and wine is fairly high-end
Bayona on Dauphine
Clancy's uptown, or the Upperline

And for my anniversary my husband took me to Restaurant Patois uptown, 6078 Laurel.
The rabbit terrine was to die for and they have fun New Orleans-y cocktails.
I had a Po-boy Pimm's.
The halibut was cooked perfectly (and served with grilled yellow beets, I'm drooling just thinking of them), and the desserts were amazing, taking advantage of the good local strawberries.

So, yeah, I guess I'd suggest Patois for a lovely dinner that reflects the unique character of New Orleans. You'll be well away from Jazz Fest traffic and the parking is not terrible.

Have a good time!

Apr 29, 2009
Ris Deveau in New Orleans